A Nation Born, A Boat Built
A 1916 Centenary exhibition of the fishing vessel Free State.
C1 was the first motor fishing boat to be registered in Cork after Irish Independence.
Exhibition by Cuas, The West Cork Maritime Heritage Company, kindly supported by Cork County Council.
Researched and compiled by Eoin Ryan, Baltimore and Peter O Shea, Ballycotton.
Design by Cecilia Scholte Lubberink
With thanks to Cork County Archives, Cormac Levis, John Finn, the O’Riordan Family and Hegartys Boatyard.
Official opening at 16.30, Saturday 26th March by Joe Carroll MCC at the Baltimore Harbour Building near the Ferry Pier.
Image of Free State at centre of picture as the first motor lifeboat the Mary Stanford arrives in Ballycotton in 1930
Baltimore Wooden Boat Festival brings you the Annual Quiz Night – a fun fundraiser in the Algiers Inn on Thursday 24th March at 8.30pm. €5 per person – 4 to a crew. Test your nautical knowledge in aid of Baltimore Wooden Boat Festival and Baltimore RNLI. Spread the word…
Join us for an evening of old whaling movies
Thursday 4th Feb at 9pm in the Algiers Inn, Baltimore
We went boating and voting this morning as our classic Wayfarer goes afloat for the Festival.
A beautiful series of bespoke trophies designed by sculptor Paddy McCormack (www.paddymccormack.com) will be awarded for the Ilen Challenge at this year’s Baltimore Wooden Boat Festival. The striking design features the bull and pins of a currach. The Ilen challenge is an 8 mile race (or leisurely trip for some!) from Skibbereen to Baltimore Harbour for wooden rowing boats including naomhogs, racing curraghs and gandalows.
Wow, lovely mugs. Come along to the festival to get one of these!
Check out the 2015 Baltimore Wooden Boat Festival Poster, created by Con Ryan and Garry McMahon of Copper Reed Studio. Our festival posters have become collectors’ items! Colourful and full of life – just like the Festival…
The T-shirt helped me catch this big eye tuna in Los Cristianos, Tenerife. Only a few weeks til the 2015 Festival. Hope you’re getting those boats ready.